Get a refurbished Kindle Fire tablet for $95.96

That's the lowest price to date on this first-gen Fire. So what's the catch?

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Mark my words, 2013 will be the year of the $100 tablet.

Maybe not right away, but already we're seeing models like the Archos 70 Titanium for $119 (coming in February). It's just a matter of time until some major manufacturer hits that magic $99 price point.

Don't want to wait? For a limited time, and while supplies last, All4Cellular has the refurbished Amazon Kindle Fire (first-gen) tablet for $95.96, plus $2 for shipping. That's after applying coupon code A4C20 at checkout. That's the lowest price I've seen, and, I believe, the first time the Fire has dipped below $100.

Amazon's Android-powered (but heavily modified) tablet features a 7-inch screen running at 1,024x600-pixel resolution -- low by today's standards, but I'm in the camp that believes you don't need a massive number of pixels on a screen of that size. A year ago, before some of the higher-resolution models appeared, we all thought the Fire looked pretty darn good.

Other specs include 8GB of storage, Wi-Fi, unlimited cloud storage courtesy of Amazon, and, of course, access to Amazon's App Store.

As noted in CNET's review of the Kindle Fire , the tablet works beautifully for consuming media like books, music, movies, and games, though it lacks some desirable features like Bluetooth, cameras, and expandable storage.

Of course, those criticisms came $100 ago. For 98 bucks out the door, the Fire's shortcomings are much easier to overlook.

There's just one wrinkle: All4Cellular doesn't mention the warranty. I phoned the company and was told that it's covered against defects for 30 days, but the rep wasn't sure if there might be a manufacturer's warranty as well. (FYI, Amazon offers a full one-year warranty when you buy refurbished Kindles directly.) Sometimes a limited warranty is the price you pay for a low price.

Another option: sit tight and wait for the inevitable across-the-board lowering of tablet prices. (I suspect even Apple will drop the iPad Mini to $299 before long.) Your thoughts?

 

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